CFAP Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky

Line, (detail)

Medium: Chromogenic print
Dimensions: 33 x 251 cm
Date: 2015

In 2015 long-term artist collaborators Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky visited the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston. RMC is the Canadian Forces military university. Much of the pair’s art records in sculptural or photographic form, repetitive daily chores like shopping or, indeed, scrounging and hoarding. Shown here are two of the photographs that resulted from their time in the RMC’s museum collections. To create these storage photographs, Weppler and Mahovsky digitally stitched together many still images. One result of this painstaking process shows a line of varied military headgear, some seemingly multiply autographed. The other presents an idiosyncratic collection of military souvenirs. Both photographs include the grey metal shelves on which these objects are stored. You view the displays as though experiencing them in reality; they are life-size. The Diefenbunker’s former bank vault once housed similar shelves that planned to store Canada’s gold reserves. In these images, the artists allow us to consider how wealth is not always to be counted in gold bars but in an object’s history. Each of these curious items, the cruet-stands, the miniature cannons and the toy soldiers, to cite three examples - has a story to tell about Canada’s military past.



Resting Place, (detail)

Medium: Chromogenic print
Dimensions: 51 x 234 cm
Date: 2015